The Bears Den: December 23, 2013 - Week 16 Bears-Eagles game reports & news

Maddie Meyer

Arses on the line time.

Bears gouged by Eagles, playoff hopes alive - Larry Mayer: Losses by the Packers and Lions gave the Bears a chance to clinch the NFC North title in Philadelphia, but those hopes were dashed quickly and decisively.

Bears turn attention to Packers - Larry Mayer: The Bears don't plan on dwelling too long on Sunday night's 54-11 debacle in Philadelphia. Not with the NFC North title at stake in a winner-take-all showdown against the Packers next weekend.

Melton arrested in Texas bar dispute - Bob LeGere: Henry Melton has been charged with assault and public intoxication after refusing to leave a bar and fighting with employees in a Dallas suburb.

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Chicago Bears 11, Philadelphia Eagles 54

Eagles blow out Bears, set up big Week 17 games - Game report and [Video] highlights from NFL.com. Box scores.

Larry Mayer's Game Blog - LM: Breaking news: The Bears have forced the Eagles to punt.

Game review - The Tribune's drive charts, three performances of note, and game stats.

Bears embarrassed in 54-11 loss to Eagles - Patrick Finley: The Bears’ cold comfort came in circumstance as much as fact. They were embarrassed 54-11 — and yet they still have one more chance to win the NFC North.

Eagles rout Bears 54-11 - Dan Wiederer: The Bears, with a chance to clinch the NFC North, got thrashed 54-11 by the Eagles; next week's Packers game will decide the division.

Bears totally dismantled by Eagles - Bob LeGere: Handed a golden opportunity, the Bears proceeded to trip over it, fumble it and fritter it away, with the second-most points allowed in franchise history.

Trestman: "We played terrible in all three phases." - Jeff Joniak: When your team loses a game 54-11, no one escapes blame, and Marc Trestman summed up his team's embarrassing loss to the Eagles in seven simple words.  Includes [Audio].

Trestman: 'We were terrible' - Mark Strotman: The Bears head coach didn't beat around just how poorly his team played Sunday night.

Cutler at the head of a humiliating effort - Rick Telander: Philly’s no-huddle offense not only blew the defenses’ minds, it also clearly rattled the offense, since every time Cutler and mates looked around, their mistakes had turned into Eagles scoring drives. Vinnie Duber: Cutler: 'We got beat down'.

Rapid Reaction - Michael C. Wright with a few quick thoughts in the immediate aftermatch of last night's debacle. Upon further review.

Game review - Jeff Dickerson with five things we learned in from Bears-Eagles.

Four Downs - Dan Wiederer: Bears waste golden opportunity, and more thoughts in the aftermath of the loss in Philly.

[Video] Game review - Merril Hoge explains how inability to focus resulted in a blowout loss and a missed opportunity against the Eagles.

Game notes - Adam Hoge: Bears still control playoff fate; Briggs limited in first game back; offense sets some franchise records; Conte returned after concussion test; more notes.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: Bears do little to slow down McCoy; Jennings one of Bears' few bright spots; O-line still rebuilding; more from the game.

Game notes - Rich Campbell: Cutler sacked season-high five times; Eagles didn't rest starters until outcome decided despite relatively meaningless game.

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Lance Briggs' return not a cure-all for Defense

Defense gets hammered early vs. Eagles - Rich Campbell: The Bears entered the game with the worst-ranked run defense in the NFL, and the Eagles' dynamic, up-tempo offense seemed to expose all of their problems.

Defense 'embarrassing' in loss - Michael C. Wright: In addition to giving up 21 points in both the first and fourth quarters, the Bears surrendered 514 yards, including 289 on the ground.

Briggs' return fails to save Bears defense - Fred Mitchell: Teammates happy to have him back on field, but his conditioning an issue.

Briggs back, but was as ineffective as rest of defense - Mark Potash: Briggs started for the first time since Oct. 20, and the rust showed. He was credited with one assisted tackle, his only mark on the stat sheet.

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Debbie Downers: More from the game

Bears already putting Philly disaster behind them - Adam Hoge: The Bears’ 54-11 loss was nothing short of an epic meltdown on national television. And the performance was especially disturbing given what was at stake.

With chance to clinch NFC North, flat Bears lay an egg - Rick Morrissey: It’s hard to overstate just how out of place, out of sorts and out of answers the Bears were against the Eagles, and that was just in the first quarter.

Fingers of blame point everywhere in ugly loss - Adam L. Jahns: It was supposed to be a shootout. Instead, everyone witnessed a drubbing.

With door open, Bears fall flat - Melissa Isaacson: The Bears still can win the NFC North, but they looked nothing like a playoff team in an embarrassing loss to the Eagles.

Bears a total buzz-kill - Dan Bernstein: The Bears are kinda good, but not that good. We knew that. Sometimes teams are merely what we thought they were, but getting to that point includes brief periods of low lows and high highs.

Bears play like game doesn't matter - David Haugh: Of all the troubling things that happened to the Bears in a disgraceful 54-11 loss to the Eagles, arriving unprepared should concern Trestman most.

Bad, stupid, heartless, spineless, disgraceful, pathetic --- Bears wear it all - Steve Rosenbloom: The Bears entered Sunday night's game knowing a win would give them the division title. And they promptly channeled their inner Lions. Just threw up on themselves in front of NBC and a nation.

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Winner takes all in final game of season

NFC North does Bears big favor - Barry Rozner: Amid the misery, there was good news for the Bears Sunday. The rest of the division lost and the Bears are still in a position to win the NFC North with a victory over the Packers.

So fitting that it comes down to Bears-Packers - Mike Imrem: After the Packers gave the Bears an early Christmas gift, the Bears re-gifted it right back to them. The fallout is these two fabulously flawed teams will play for the NFC North title Sunday in Soldier Field.

Bears can't grab golden opportunity in blowout loss to Eagles - Moon Mullin: Trestman and the Bears have maybe their ultimate resiliency check as he and his team played their way into a winner-take-all game for the NFC North.

Unpredictable NFC North down to Bears-Packers - Brad Biggs: Will Rodgers play is No. 1 question after embarrassing effort in Philly.

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Game grades

Game grades - Mark Potash hands out F-grades all around, and doesn't soften the blow with a slideshow, either. Harsh.

Stock Watch - Patrick Finley: Ticket prices up, Forte’s blocking down.

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson's a little more generous than Mark Potash (but only a little).

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